Recuerdo tu nombre (I remember your name in Spanish) aims for strengthen links among the inhabitants of a community and their relationship with the everyday environment, a chance to learn about the history of an artistic discipline and a improvement of a personal language in the process of a musical event.
Recuerdo tu nombre is a large scale concert that celebrates the heritage of a Santiago’s neighborhood. The “Villa Músicos del Mundo” (Musician of the world neighborhood in Spanish) is a neighborhood of the commune of San Joaquín composed by 22 streets with composer names from the eleventh to the twentieth century. The concert entails a chronological procession street to street, from Guido D’Arezzo to Enrique Soro, and in each one or more musicians (about 150 of them) will interpret in string instruments, one of more pieces of the pertinent composer, in spaces designed by neighbors and students from the architectural school of Universidad de las Américas. The concert, with free entry, will take place on august 10, 2019, between 11:00a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and the audience, along with a program and a presenter, can tour the place and listen to different musicians performing the western music language growth.
The event finishes with a feast among neighbors, musicians and the production staff.
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In a nutshell…
Sebastián Jatz, composer, creator and organizer of this initiative tells us a little more about how this concert was created and how it affects the community.
How did this initiative come about?
I was traveling by bus to the south through Vicuña Mackenna and I saw Juan Sebastián Bach, Mozart and Schubert through the window passing one after another. Surprised, I checked the street map and found that this neighborhood existed that brought together 22 composers covering almost the entire history of written music. Years later, and after having made other major musical projects, I set out to perform this idea, which basically consists of making these names sensitive, creating a musical event that has educational, heritage and community edges. After several failed attempts to raise the necessary resources, we finally obtained a National Music Fund to carry out with my colleague Tomás Brantmayer, with whom we have carried out other large projects such as, for example, John Cage’s ASLSP in the Temple of the Campus Oriente of the Universidad Católica in 2016.
What was the reception of the residents of the Villa to learn about this project?
The neighbors have been great contributors to the project, very excited that these activities are carried out in the neighborhood. The four neighborhood meetings have been very cooperative and, for example, they have given us testimonies and memories of the neighborhood that later the architecture students of the Universidad of the Americas have turned into a series of acoustic, scenic and mobilarios devices that will go with the Musicians and the public on every street. After the concert we will celebrate with all of them, the musicians and the production team at a communal banquet.
Do you think that the music of these composers has been present in the neighbors given the identification of the names of the streets with their daily life?
In many cases the names that carry the streets are only names, therein lies the value of this project, which allows the neighbors to have another perspective of the lives, works and sensibilities of these characters in the story. Surely your life in the neighborhood will not be the same after this concert and if everything goes as expected, maybe it can be done again in the following years, becoming a neighborhood party that transcends this occasion.
Villa Músicos del Mundo
The particularity of this neighborhood is twofold. On the one hand it is an urban affirmation of appreciation for music (22 composers, from the beginning of musical writing to modernism) giving an identity to its inhabitants, although this music is only present visually and unconsciously and not sensitively as sound. On the other hand, this neighborhood has managed to resist the advance of the real estate market, preserving its architectural and historical heritage. “Recuerdo tu nombre” seeks to enhance these characteristics by offering a revitalization of a community through a musical activity that values its daily environment. The community will be a key agent in the reconstruction of its urban memory, the selection of points in the area, the construction of spaces for musical interpretation, as well as the realization of a community banquet.
Objectives and background
Both for the neighbors and for the general public, the concert offers an opportunity to appreciate an artistic language: for 8 hours you can witness the development and transformation of music for ten centuries. In addition, located in an urban environment, Recuerdo tu Nombre seeks to generate a new artistic-educational experience regarding musical listening: an urban musical intervention, linking space and sound, history and heritage.
This project is a continuation of a series of works with similar characteristics, such as Musicircus, Vexations, One Hundred Extended Geometric Chords, ASLSP and Puja de Gong, where music is performed by a large number of musicians, for an extended amount of time, powered by a particular space and available for free.
Recuerdo tu nombre seeks to be a possibility to strengthen links between the inhabitants of a community and their relationship with their daily surroundings, a learning opportunity about the history of an artistic discipline and an advance and development of a personal language in the construction of a musical event.
Idea, production y direction: Sebastián Jatz Rawicz
Production and music consulting: Tomás Brantmayer
Design: Gonzalo Ramírez
Scenography: Julio Suárez, Mauricio Nilo and second-grade students from the architectural school of Universidad de las Américas.
Feast: Anna Braghinni
Audiovisual record: Martín Salas Pequeño
Piano rental: Edison Guerrero
In cooperation with: Municipality of San Joaquín, Cultural Corporation San Joaquín, Neighborhood Boards Villa Musicians of the World, Neighborhood Board Population Isabel Riquelme, Neighborhood Board Musicians of the World, Neighborhood Board Villa Las Flores.
Project funded by: Fund for the Promotion of National Music 2019
Musicians: UC Engineering Choir by Eduardo Jahnke, Viri Cantores de Santiago, Camilo Brandi, Luciano Taulis, Marco Carrasco, Katherine Arriola and Andrés Hernández, Eduardo Sato, Cuarteto Austral, Rodolfo Mellado, Choir Orfeó Catalá, Orchestra of the Chamber of San Miguel in charge of Israel Olivares, Francisco Huerta, Josefina Pérez, Javier Covacevich, Daniela Shejade, Ensamble Noves Veus, Andrés Silva, Duo LaMar, Cristián Alvear, Eduardo Browne, Fernando Espinoza, Samuel Poblete, Samir Barrientos, Fernanda Ortega, Paulina Suazo and Diego Castro.